Wildly inventive, the Campana brothers, Humberto and Fernando, are the celebrated São Paulo design team who made the famous Banquete chair (2002), composed of stuffed toys, and then created its acclaimed opposite, the Favela armchair (2003), constructed of scraps of wood like the homemade shacks in Brazil’s slums. Today we make a tour to a beautiful house designed by the company! Come with us!
The brothers grew up on a small farm in Brotas, 150 miles north of the city, and though much of their inspiration can be found in the streets and small shops that surround the studio, they’ve become increasingly interested in the materials found naturally in Brazil’s rainforests.
The Campana brothers, Humberto and Fernando, are the celebrated São Paulo design team who made the famous Banquete chair (2002), composed of stuffed toys, and then created its acclaimed opposite, the Favela armchair (2003), constructed of scraps of wood like the homemade shacks in Brazil’s slums.
Situated in São Paulo’s posh Jardins neighborhood, Solange Ricoy and Stefano Zunino’s home presents an arresting street façade—it is clad top to bottom in shaggy piaçava-palm straw. That way the family could live inside as if we were living outside and live outside with the comforts of living inside.
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Palm fibers blanket Solange Ricoy and Stefano Zunino’s São Paulo home, the first house ever master-minded by Brazil’s award-winning design firm Estudio Campana.
The living room, library, kitchen, and main terrace are on the ground floor, while the second floor has bedrooms for the children and a deep balcony that stretches across the rear façade of gray-painted concrete. The master suite sits on the roof, wrapped by a terrace in the manner of a penthouse.
In 2003 they designed a chandelier combining piaçava and Swarovski crystals, and in 2007 they covered a wall with it for the “MyHome” exhibition at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum. For the Zunino-Ricoy house, the straw, attached to wood slats that are hung on an aluminum framework, will need to be replaced every few years or so.
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Ricoy and Zunino in the entrance hall; the chair is an Eames design by Vitra.
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